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Fiat Buys More Stock in Chrysler

Fiat exercises a third option to buy a small amount of Chrysler stock, but the sale won't go through until a price dispute is settled by a judge.

FBI Investigates Potential Insider Trading in Buffett's Heinz Deal

The FBI is looking into alleged insider trading in the options of ketchup maker H.J. Heinz Co before its blockbuster acquisition last week by Warren Buffett and Brazil's 3G Capital. The SEC says traders in Switzerland used a Goldman Sachs account to trade on purported inside knowledge of the transaction.

Berkshire Hathaway to Buy Oriental Trading Company

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc is to buy direct marketing toy and party supplies merchant Oriental Trading Co for $500 million, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing a person involved in the deal.

Disney to Buy "Star Wars" Producer for $4.05 Billion

Walt Disney has agreed to buy filmmaker George Lucas's Lucasfilm Ltd and the "Star Wars" franchise for $4.05 billion in cash and stock, a blockbuster deal that adds one of the most beloved franchises in entertainment history to Disney's lineup.

Best Buy Founder Offers to Buy Retailer, Take It Private

Best Buy's founder said Monday that he wants to take the electronics retailer private by buying up all of its shares he doesn't already own in a deal that values the company at as much as $8.84 billion. The news sent Best Buy shares up 24 percent in premarket trading.

Liquid Assets: Apollo Buys Indoor Waterpark Leader

Apollo Global Management is shelling out $703 million for Great Wolf Resorts, the leading operator of indoor water park resorts. The $5-a-share offer is better than the stock has seen since 2008, but people who bought it around its 2004 IPO will end up taking a real bath.

Wal-Mart Gets Go-Ahead in South Africa

Wal-Mart, the world's biggest retailer, can go ahead with its 17 billion rand ($2.2 billion) purchase of a controlling share of a South African chain, a South African regulatory appeals body said Friday. The Competition Appeal Court upheld a ruling last year by the Competition Tribunal, the government agency charged with promoting competition and protecting consumers.

Android Is Soaring, So Why Are Google Shares Sinking?

Google's shares have fallen 15% in the last three months while the S&P 500 has traded flat. This share price decline seems odd when contrasted with the spectacular success Google has been experiencing with its Android mobile OS. But there are good reasons Wall Street isn't impressed.

A Starbucks, Peet's Coffee Tie-Up Could Be a Win-Win

The longtime coffee rivals may be discussing a merger. It could be a win for both brewers. Starbucks could provide the smaller player with a boost in the single-cup market. And Peet's, which has longstanding deals with grocery chains, could steer Starbucks to a smoother grocery distribution strategy.

Huawei Wins U.S. Injunction Against Motorola

Chinese telecom-equipment maker Huawei has won a preliminary U.S. court injunction barring Motorola, a Huawei vendor, from transferring confidential information to Nokia Siemens Networks as part of the sale of Motorola's network-equipment business to Nokia Siemens.

Seven Retailers on the Financial Brink

Borders isn't the only retailer hoping for a little financial relief these days. It's been a difficult few years for U.S. retailers and even those...

AOL Buys HuffPo: What Media Pundits Are Saying

Nothing like a big media deal to spark commentary from the media. And indeed, there's been no shortage of reaction -- from praise to pillory -- to AOL's decision to purchase upstart news site The Huffington Post for $315 million, mostly in cash.

M&A Mania: Early 2011 Deals Already Hit a 10-Year High

Companies such as Duke Energy and DuPont are off and running with megamergers early this year. Even Playboy is among the dealers. And market pros say the trend is far from over. Why are so many U.S. companies tying the knot? Fast growth is hard to come by in any other strategy.

Bain Capital to Buy Gymboree for $1.8 Billion

Children's clothing retailer Gymboree (GYMB) has agreed to be acquired by private-equity firm Bain Capital Partners for $1.8 billion in an all-cash deal, the companies said Monday.